The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Working Group:

  • Provides a point of contact on disability rights among National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), equality agencies, and other CRPD independent mechanisms.
  • Identify, develop, and promote good practice guidance on the role and actions of NHRIs in promoting, protecting and monitoring implementation of the CRPD in the European Network and internationally.
  • Co-ordinate participation of ENNHRI concerning CRPD at the UN Human Rights Council, the CRPD Committee, Conferences of State Parties and other CRPD related events.
  • Promote ratification and implementation of CRPD throughout Europe and by the EU, including through the engagement with the Council of Europe.

The main goal of the CRPD WG is to co-ordinate the ENNHRI’s work on disability rights, in its role as designated ‘independent mechanism’ to promote, protect and monitor implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) by State Parties.

The CRPD Working Group is based on Article 33 of the UNCRPD, which specifies ’independent mechanisms’ for working with the rights of people with disabilities.
Given that not all article 33.2 national monitoring mechanism (NMM) are NHRIs, the CRPD WG has granted observer status to and works collaboratively with partners including the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the Regional Office for Europe of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Equinet – the European Network of Equality Bodies, the European Ombudsman and the European Disability Forum.

CRPD WG Strategic Priorities for 2015-2017

  • UNCRPD Article 12 Equal recognition before the law.
  • UNCRPD Article 13 Access to justice.
  • Core indicators to measure CRPD implementation.

CRPD WG work in 2016

  • Engagement with the CRPD Committee including guidelines on NHRI participation
  • Promoting implementation of the CRPD at the EU-level.
  • Promoting compliance with Article 12 UNCRPD and collection of promising practices in supported decision making.
  • Access to justice for persons with disabilities (Article 13 UNCRPD).
  • Expert speaker at international fora.
  • Participation at the UNCRPD Conference of State Parties.
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Meeting of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) - overview

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the body of independent experts which monitors implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) by the States Parties.

The CRPD Working Group is based on Article 33 of the CRPD, which specifies ’independent mechanisms’ for working with the rights of people with disabilities. Since some of these independent mechanisms are not NHRIs, the CRPD Working Group is open to non-ENNHRI members as observers.

Objectives

  • Provide a point of contact on disability rights among National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), equality agencies, and other CRPD independent mechanisms
  • Identify, develop, and promote good practice guidance on the role
  • and actions of National Human Rights Institutions in promoting, protecting and monitoring implementation of the CRPD in the European Network and internationally
  • Co-ordinate participation of European National Human Rights Institutions concerning CRPD at the Human Rights Council, the CRPD Committee, Conferences of State Parties and other CRPD related events
  • Promote ratification and implementation of CRPD throughout Europe and by the EU

The CRPD Working Group has published proposals for the European Union since it ratified the Convention. These proposals follow the basis set out in Article 33 on monitoring, promotion and protection arrangements for the Convention in the EU.

In compliance with Article 36, the CRPD Committee published the Concluding observations on the initial report of the European Union on 7 September 2015. These final recommendations are in line with the recommendations submitted by the CRPD Working Group to the CRPD Committee in July 2015, which can be downloaded below. As per Article 35, the CRPD Committee requests the EU to submit its second and third reports no later than January 2019.

Click here for more information about the CRPD Working Group from the UN OHCHR.

Click here for information about the CRPD Working Group from the website of its current Chair, the Equality and Human Rights Commission.